1. As illustrated above double the heavy material
to form a loop and pinch with the thumb and index finger.
Pass the light line over and into the loop and then out the
bottom. Pinch all lines to hold in place.
2. With all materials pinched firmly in hand
start wrapping the light line over the loop and also the lighter
lined that you passed through. Make 12 fairly tight wraps
and then pass the tag end of the light line through the loop
as illustrated. NOTE: The hard part is learning to pinch the
consecutive wraps so that they remain close together and shoulder
to shoulder. For this, I work my thumb and index finger over
the wraps as I make them. I takes a little practice, but is
well worth the effort.
I think the crucial part of tying any knot is the way the
knot is tightened. No matter how much care is exercised tying
the knot, faulty tightening will cause the knot to fail or
3. With everything firmly pinched together pull
the standing part of the light line. This will cause the loop
in the light line to start tightening and eventually disappear.
As the line starts to slightly snug up you will need to help
the 12 wraps move to the end of the loop formed by the heavy
material. Don't be afraid to pull tight. It is far better
to have the knot break in hand rather than break it on a trophy
This knot is a favorite of mine. I use it for leaders, to
attach shock tippet, and I've even used it with limited success
to attach fly lines to leaders. The best place to learn knots
is at home, not on the boat. The time invested to become competent
with knots is well worth the price. You don't need a bunch
of knots, but the ones you use need to be right.